…but Sabra beat me to it. So just go read what she wrote.
(Nashvillians certainly do get provincial and defensive, don’t they?)
I don’t think anyone was under the impression that Florida Georgia Line cared about anything uttered by anyone over the age of 35 that wasn’t directly responsible for their success, but to see the duo say it themselves and disrespect a man who among other accomplishments held is own in a supergroup that included Bob Dylan and George Harrison, and has sold an estimated 60 million albums, is still quite shocking.
Shocking? Hardly. Anyone who’s paid any attention to anything those two half-witted jagoffs have said ought to know that they don’t have any respect for country music in general, let alone the people who have molded the genre up to now.
I remember in one of the comments to the story somewhere, a deejay at a new country station said “Just once, I’d like to see an old-timer who didn’t complain,” or something to that effect. Well fuck you, dude, you’re part of the problem, who gives a damn what you think? Sabra’s response:
“Yeah. Tom Petty is an old-timer. Just someone whose day has passed. NOT AN ICON AT ALL. Not one of the most influential people in rock music in the last three decades or so.”
Pretty much. And then there was this comment:
“every person over 35 has something negative to say (including Mr. Petty)”
Which is funny. I turned 35 late last year. But I’ve been saying the same thing Petty and his ilk have been saying for at least the last decade, if not longer than that.
So was I an old fart and jackass at 24? Maybe I was. But I am far from the only one.